Eighty top catfish anglers from 9 states launched on the Kanawha River at Charleston, West Virginia for the 2-day Cabela’s King Kat Super Event. The Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23, 2016 event had anglers competing for $8,860.00 in cash and prizes plus the opportunity to qualify for the 2016 Cabela’s King Kat Northern and Southern Championship.
The weekend weather conditions included temperatures in the high 60’s with rain in the morning, clearing but cloudy in the afternoon of day 1 and a cloudy start to day 2. The tournament ended under sunny skies with temperatures in the high 60’s and winds in the 5 to 10 MPH.
Rodney Harrison of Eleanor, West Virginia, Jeff Winter and Sam Thompson, both of Poca, West Virginia took first place in the tournament. The three-person team weighed in a total of 118.55 pounds in the two-day tournament and took home a check for $4,000.00 as they rose from 13th place on day one to claim the top prize.
The team fished the Winfield area, targeting their fish on structure in 25 to 30 feet of water. They anchored both days using moon-eye and shad for bait. The team landed 9 fish in the weekend tournament including a fish that weighed 30.80 pounds.
Chris Souders of Oak Hill, Ohio claimed second place. Souders weighed in 106.70 pounds to earn $2,000.00. He fished the Raymond City area of the Kanawha River. He anchored on day 1 in 30 feet of water. On day 2 he changed his game plan and found fish on the bank in the mud. Chris was using shad and skipjack for bait to land 14 fish for the weekend.
Chris Rhodes of Scott Depot, West Virginia and Chris Hatfield of Hurricane, West Virginia took third place with a total weight of 106.55 pounds to earn $1,000.00. The team anchored both days in 20 feet of water, targeting ledges and using moon-eye and shad for bait. The said that day w was tough. They just could not get on the fish. They landed 10 fish in total.
The fourth place slot went to Willie and Stacie Smith of Frankfort, Ohio. They fished their new Alumacraft 2072 Bay Boat in the Nitro, West Virginia area to catch 101.80 pounds and take home a check for $500.00. Willie and Stacie found their fish in structure in 18 – 30 feet of water. The team anchored, using skipjack and shad for bait to catch 15 fish for the event.
Jeremy Jeffers of Winfield, West Virginia and Troy Jarrell of Charleston, West Virginia took fifth place with a total weight of 96.65 pounds. The team fished the Raymond City area all the way to the Winfield Dam to earn a check for $300.00. Jeremy and Troy anchored up on structure and ledges in 20 to 30 feet of water. They used moon-eye and shad for bait to land 30 fish for the weekend.
Sixth place went to Frank White, Aaron Preece and Izak Preece all from Charleston, West Virginia with a total weight of 93.40 pounds to earn $200.00.
Greg Ferrell and Justin Vaught, both of Charleston, West Virginia had Big Fish of the tournament a 41.20 pound Flathead and earned them a check for $860.00.
For more information call Cabela’s King Kat Trail call 502-384-5924. Visit the tournament website at kingkatusa.com and like the Cabela’s King Kat Facebook Page.
This year’s Northern Championship will be held September 23 and 24, 2016 at the Ohio River, Henderson, Kentucky. The Southern Championship will be held September 29 and October 1, 2016 at Cumberland River (Old Hickory Lake) Gallatin, Tennessee.